Here at Learning ZoneXpress, we're known by many of our customers and followers as quick and current. When MyPlate was first announced in 2011, we worked overnight to develop updated materials. The release of new Dietary Guidelines is no different. We are excited to announce three new educational resources:
Why is it so important for us to have these brand new resources available so quickly? Simply put, so you can continue to do great work without skipping a beat. We are here to make your job easier by providing the most updated, engaging educational materials possible. The Dietary Guidelines are the government’s official advice on what to eat and are based on ever-evolving nutrition science. They’re revised every five years, so it’s important to have resources that reflect and support the latest dietary advice based on nutrition science.
A few highlights of these Dietary Guidelines according to LZX:
- There’s an emphasis on a healthy eating pattern, instead of individual nutrients. Why is this so great? We eat food, not nutrients, so we like that these guidelines are taking a food-based approach and that over time, your diet is what really counts, not just a specific food or nutrient.
- We like the focus on small changes that the guidelines are calling “shifts". These shifts are simple substitutions to choose nutrient-dense foods and drinks in place of less healthy choices. It’s little tweaks like choosing water instead of a sugary soft drink, carrots and hummus instead of chips, whole grain bread instead of white, etc. that can make a big difference and are very approachable changes.
- The guidelines for added sugars is a long overdue addition. The average American currently consumes about 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day and the new guidelines limit added sugars to no more than 10 percent of daily calories, which is cutting that 22 teaspoons nearly in half — to no more than 12 teaspoons a day on a 2000 calorie diet. This guidance is based on evidence that has linked high consumption of sugar to increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, even among Americans who are not overweight or obese.
What is your take on these new Dietary Guidelines? Any additional resources you're looking for to help present this information to your students and clients? We’d love to hear from you. Comment in the space below or on our LZX Facebook page, email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 888.455.7003.